Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 181

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 181st day, we take a look at the main developments.

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Ukrainian military officers travel on a Wheeled-BTR fighting vehicle, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continue, in Kramatorsk [Reuters]

Here are the key events from Tuesday, August 23.


  • Russia carried out artillery and air attacks in the Zaporizhia region, where fighting near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has raised fears of a catastrophic nuclear incident, Ukraine’s General Staff said.

  • Russian rockets fired at Nikopol, Krivyi Rih and Synelnykovsky, all close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, injured at least four people, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram.
  • Kyiv has banned public celebrations commemorating Ukraine’s independence from Soviet rule, fearing a mounting threat of attacks.

  • Kharkiv and Mykolaiv have also imposed curbs ahead of Ukraine’s 31st independence anniversary on Wednesday.

  • The US embassy in Kyiv warned Russia was planning to attack Ukrainian infrastructure in the coming days.

Diplomacy, economy

  • Russia’s Federal Security Service accused Ukraine’s secret services of killing Darya Dugina, the daughter of an ultra-nationalist, in a car bomb attack near Moscow that President Vladimir Putin called “evil”. Ukraine denied involvement in the attack.

  • Ukraine’s agricultural exports are likely to rise to about 4 million tonnes in August, from 3 million tonnes in July, thanks to the UN-brokered deal that unblocked seaports, a deputy chair of the Ukrainian Agrarian Council said.

  • Russia’s embassy in London called Britain hypocritical for a statement by its foreign ministry last week that questioned Russia’s “moral right” to sit at the Group of 20 nations.

Milestones, toll

  • This week marks six months since Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops into Ukraine for a “special military operation” – an invasion on a scale unseen in Europe since World War II.

  • Nearly 9,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in the war with Russia, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces said. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said 5,587 civilians had been killed and 7,890 wounded between February 24 and August 21.


Source: News Agencies